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The Smurf movie is a brand new Smurf film that will be released in movie theaters worldwide. The movie will be produced by Kerner Entertainment and distributed under Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation.
The Smurfs will be a 3-D CGI movie, completely rendered in three dimensions using computers - unlike the original Smurfs cartoon show, which is 2D. Columbia Pictures Chairman Amy Pascal has stated that, "there was potentially a series of films in the making" - the movie is planned to be released in three parts, as a trilogy. The Smurfs movie will be released in both 3D (glasses) and 2D (standard) formats.
Principal photography for the Smurf Movie began March 26, 2010.
Yes, much like the Alvin and The Chipmunks movie, The Smurf Movie will feature 3D CG animation and live action / live actors. Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton, who grew up loving the Smurfs in the Netherlands, personally suggested the "hybrid 3D live action" idea to producer Jordan Kerner.
The Smurf Movie release date has been changed three times so far. The film was originally slated for November 28, 2008 to correspond with the Smurfs 50th anniversary.
The next release date for the Smurfs movie was December 17, 2010. The 2010 date was confirmed by Matt Lauer during the 2008 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade which featured the Smurfs. Production at the Plant 5 studio in Bethpage, NY was shutdown in September 2009 due to a script re-write.
The movie now has a tentative release date of July 29, 2011.
Producer Jordan Kerner has stated that the Gargamel backstory will be explored and revealed as the movie progresses. The film is to be an epic adventure in the vein of The Lord of the Rings.
BlueBuddies friend, SmurfyD1983 reports that the film opens with Gargamel foiled once more at his attempt to catch a Smurf. Gargamel is angry at his failure and realizes that he may die without succeeding. So he casts an eternal spell on himself (and Azrael) so that one day, eventually... he may capture one of our blue friends! The movie then sets itself up for a modern tale: Clumsy Smurf gets lost (mistaken for a Smurf plush by child Sam) and it's up to Papa and the rest of the Smurfs to save Clusmy (and Clumsy's new friends) - as well as defeat Gargamel and Azrael!
As of the end of May 2010, the Smurf Movie script was updated again. The children, Sophie and Sam, have been written out. Now the Smurfs and Gargamel go through a magical portal and wind up in Central Park. Gargamel and Azrael chase after the Smurfs in New York. Johan is in Central Park, and the Smurfs decide to hide in his backpack to avoid Gargamel.
Writers, Directors and Producers
Raja Gosnell will direct the Smurfs Movie. Gosnell has previously directed both Scooby-Doo and Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Kerner Entertainment's Ben Haber will oversee script development and will also executive produce the film (along with Paul Neesan). Shrek 3 and Jimmy Neutron writers, David Weiss and David Stem, are slated to write the screenplay. Audrey Wells will provide script polishing.
Although this is no longer valid, previously, when the Smurf Movie was to be released by Paramount, the writer was to be Herb Ratner, in his feature debut. Under Paramount and Nickelodeon's pervue, the Smurf movie was to be directed by Colin Brady (an uncredited director of the family friendly 3D animated film, "Everyone's Hero") and Norton Virgen (of Rugrats movie fame).
It should be noted that the most recent Smurf cartoons (made for the Smurf videogames series) have been made in France and feature foreign actors - not the voice actors we know and love. Indeed, the French animated videogame shorts do not look or sound much like the Hanna Barbera Smurfs we are familiar with.
Smurf Movie Rumors
Movie stars attached to the Smurf movie included: Wallace Shawn, Ben Affleck, Sally Field, John Lithgow, Lucy Liu, Ben Stiller, Julia Sweeney and Marisa Tomei. At one point, at the begining of March 2010, director and sometime actor Quentin Tarantino was in line to voice Brainy Smurf. Many people have strong opinions about Quentin, and some may have thought he was ideal to play an abrasive Brainy. By April 2010, though, it was revealed that Tarantino would not appear in the movie - the role went to Fred Armisen. Although it was speculated for a long time that Neil Patrick Harris was playing Johan, it was confirmed on 06/30/2010 that his character's actual name is Patrick Winslow, the husband of Grace Winslow (Jayma Mays).
Leaked Movie Pics
Hank Azaria has been spotted out and about in New York in full Gargamel attire! Doesn't he look smurfy... or should we say unsmurfy?
Yes! As of 06/16/2010 the official Smurf movie website is: smurfhappens.com. The international version of the Smurfs movie website is located at thesmurfs-movie.net. Another Smurf movie website did exist though. Paramount and Nickelodeon released a website in 2008, but it consists of a single picture. Now that Columbia and Sony Animation are involved, the information should be considered historical. Note the teaser that was to be released in June 2008. The website is a presented in its entirety below:
SmurfHappens.com features the domestic version of the Smurfs teaser trailer, and thesmurfs-movie.net features the foreign Smurf Movie teaser trailer. The new Smurf websites also feature the following smurfy animation:
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A poster was leaked February 1, 2010. It features a waving, fully 3D Smurf. The Smurf is much more articulated and detailed than previously released renders, so it looks like things are moving along smurfingly!
Are you Excited Yet? You Should Be!
Smurf fans have wanted a proper Smurf movie since the cartoon debuted in the 1980s - and we've been waiting for decades now.
Finally, after all these years, Sony will be animating our little blue buddies in 3d glory, done in full Hollywood style - we can't wait to see it! Keep reading this movie news page, and this message forum page for up-to-the-minute Smurf movie updates!